Okay, I know not everyone who reads here is American, but I live in the country, and I’ve decided that I like the idea of a national holiday dedicated (at least in theory) to giving thanks. To looking at the many things that are good in our lives and being grateful for them.
Of course, with all the accumulation of other bits and pieces it’s necessary to peel back quite a few layers to get to the core of Thanksgiving, which is precisely that. Yes, it’s a glorified harvest festival, and yes, this year said harvest festival for me will be happening under who knows how much snow (I scraped two inches off the car before I left work, and shoveled close to that much off the drive when I got home. I don’t know how much has fallen since).
I still have plenty to be thankful for.
I’m finally emerging from what I think has been several years worth of burnout-induced depression. This means I’m actually doing more than the bare minimum necessary to keep the house together, and other things are starting to reawaken as well. The fact that it’s taken nearly 2 years in a different job says how bad the last one was. Hell, yes, I’m thankful for that.
The community here and over at According to Hoyt is wonderful, and has given me lots of fun and interesting discussions. I’m thankful you all seem to think I’m worth paying attention to. It helps to keep me going through some of the bad times.
The Husband (at risk of exploding sap-ometers across the planet) has always been a rock-solid support for me.
I’m thankful I’ve had twenty good years with Her Royal Fluffiness, and even though it’s going to be hard as hell to say goodbye when the cancer wins, it’s not going to outweigh the joy she’s brought in the time she’s been with me. From the itty-bitty kitten who could sit on the palm of my hand to the elderly lady everyone at the vet clinic adores, she’s had a good life, and her last few months involve being spoiled rotten so she can enjoy them as much as possible.
I’m thankful for the growth of independent publishing that’s breaking the stranglehold trad publishing had in the past. Thankful too that there are people who are willing to speak the non-PC truths and have their reputations shredded. I don’t exactly have a reputation, so it’s not that big a deal for me, but some of the folks who’ve been speaking up can be hurt by the kind of demonization (I am not going to ask why the spell-checker thinks this should be “demonetization”) that seems to go along with questioning the PC and glitter.
What are you thankful for?